Emancipation Proclamation

Effect of the Emancipation Proclamation

  • Caused South to lose much of its valuable labor source,hurting Confederate
  • Switched the goal of the war from protecting the Union to abolishing slavery
  • Lincoln made clear that the Union was against slavery and this war was about abolishing slavery
  • As foreign countries abolished slavery, South could not receive aid



Southern Effects
  • Southern economy was gone, dismantled by the proclamation, freeing the slaves.
  • White hierarchy of the South still had land that was in itself valuable but deprived of their workforce and power, their now freed slaves. 
  • The power that was afforded them by their slaves is gone, and although they still have their connections.


Northern Effects
  • The Emancipation Proclamation was well received among the Northern Factory Elite. 
  • Northern Industrialists now would not have to compete against goods made by unpaid hands.
  • Most of these men got their wealth from the war and the subsequent economic boom it afforded the North. 
  • The Emancipation Proclamation promised continuation and perusal of war, the South would not give up there defining way of life, this resistance ensuring a longer war and more demand for the factories.
Before to Emancipation                                                         Thesis                                                                           Next to Jefferson Davis' View